Ryan Kelly

Branch of Service: Army National Guard
Currently Residing In: Denver, CO

A native of Wyoming, Ryan began his writing career in journalism, worked as a beat reporter and later a sports editor and columnist. While writing, he also served as a Captain in the Army National Guard. Following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Ryan helped coordinate rescue efforts at Ground Zero. Afterward, he spent 12 months in Iraq flying Black Hawk helicopters in combat over Iraq. There, he commanded more than 100 soldiers and contractors.

While in Iraq, he continued to write. The New Yorker featured Ryan’s letters home to his mother in their Summer Fiction issue. The letters from Iraq reflect his combat experiences and also appear in ‘Operation Homecoming’, a book project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The project invited American troops and their families to write about their wartime experiences.

Prior to the war, Ryan studied Playwriting at Columbia University, where he was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship. Ryan’s plays have been produced across the country, including: Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, New York and London. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Judy and his daughters Sloan and Shae.


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